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Ghettoside by Jill Leovy

03/14/15

  08:04:00 pm, by Airycat   , 178 words  
Categories: Book Reviews, General Non-fiction

Ghettoside by Jill Leovy

I read, and watch, a lot of true crime stories and often find myself wondering why. What is the attraction? Even though a book may be good, this genre usually leaves me dissatisfied. That's what I like most about Ghettoside. It did not leave me dissatisfied.

This book is a combination of true crime and sociology. Leovy traces this crime the way most are done, in a kind of redrum fashion, but she also looks at the larger picture. She discusses the microculture of ghetto life and gang life, and also how those outside the ghetto misunderstand the whys if not the whats. She gives us some whys. She gives relevant historical context. And she gives hope, showing ways the real problem is being helpfully addressed in some areas. 

This book is not the answer to all of the problems of ghetto life, being poor and non-white, but I believe it gives a fair and accurate view of one very misunderstood aspect of the difficulties and problems. It made me aware in a way I was not aware before. 

4 stars

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